Tricounty News

Maple syrup demos at Lake Maria S.P

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Lake Maria State Park will host its annual maple-syruping demonstrations Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27 beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 2 p.m. on both days at the nature center.

Tree-tapping techniques will be described followed by a hike into the woods to identify maple trees, how to tap a tree and how to collect the sap. The cooking process and syrup preparation also can be examined. Sampling is encouraged.

"Maple syruping began more than a century ago when Native Americans and later, European pioneers, used the same tapping and collection methods to produce maple sugar, maple syrup and candy. It's fascinating and historically significant for the whole family," says Park Manager Mark Crawford.

The event is free. However, a $5 vehicle park entry fee will apply for those without an annual permit. Annual permits are for sale at the park office for $25 and apply to all state parks.

For more information, call the park office at (763) 878-2325, or visit its website at www.mnstate

parks.info. Lake Maria is located approximately seven miles northwest of Monticello, five miles north of Maple Lake and 10 miles northeast of Annandale on Wright County Highway 111.